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Despite loss, Bosnia-Herzegovina's World Cup debut was a proud moment

Graham Watson
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Bosnia's Vedad Ibisevic, left, kicks the ball past Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero (1) to score his side's first goal during the group F World Cup soccer match between Argentina and Bosnia at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014
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Bosnia's Vedad Ibisevic kicks the ball past Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero  (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo)

RIO DE JANEIRO — When Vedad Ibisevic’s shot trickled through the legs of Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero with five minutes remaining, the entire Bosnian nation was right there with him.

The goal marked the first-ever World Cup goal by the country — if you don’t count the own goal by Sead Kolasinac, which was the fastest own goal in World Cup history at two minutes and eight seconds — and drew the Bosnians within a goal of tying one of the favorites for the World Cup title.

“It was crazy, crazy,” Ibisevic said. “It was just an amazing feeling, I must admit. It’s one of those special moments in my life that I’ll never forget.”

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The Bosnians lost their World Cup opener 2-1, but weren’t necessarily disappointed with the result. In fact, Ibisevic said he hoped his team’s play made the rest of the world sit up and take notice that Bosnia was a team that could make a push in this World Cup.

“We should feel proud and I think everybody saw that we deserve to be here and also showed everybody that we can play even against teams like Argentina,” Ibisevic said. “Maybe the first goal that we got [own goal] was a little bit surprising, but other than that, we had a great game.”

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